Our annual trip to Portoroz has become my personal highlight of the summer – I start a countdown in April … for August (just sayin’). I put together a huge travel diary for The Daily Dose, but also wanted to share a few snapshots with you guys. There’s nothing better than a summery get-away that is just a 4-5 hour drive away. Snug between Italy (where we visited the Castello di Duino) and Croatia, Portoroz also offers plenty of day-trip opportunities, not to mention the crystal clear ocean and amazing breakfast buffet at the Kempinski Palace Hotel. Have any of you been to Slovenia? Or do you have any hidden gems for getaways that aren’t too far from Vienna?
I can’t believe it’s already been 3 weeks since I got back from beautiful Montreux, time seems to fly by at the moment. Speaking of flying – I just touched down in Frankfurt, Germany (first time ever, except layovers at the airport) and checked into The Pure Hotel to get ready for a fun evening with Fossil and lots of lovely ladies. I rarely get to see all the blogger girlies from Germany, so tonight is like a little re-union. Excited! While I am off to get dressed for the event I leave you with a few first impressions from today:
The Wörthersee in Carinthia is definitely one of my favorite places in Austria. Mike and I try to make it down there (just a 3hr drive from Vienna) at least once a year for a bit of relaxation! And guess where I am right now? Yess, at the beautiful Schlosshotel Velden at the Wörthersee (remember this post?), which is part of the Falkensteiner Premium Collection. Two years ago, we spent Easter at the Schlosshotel and it was one of our favorite trips – the hotel literally makes you feel like a princess and with the lake right across the street you almost feel like you’re somewhere in sunny Italy. Although it is mainly for work this time around (check out Instagram: #coverprbloggershooting), we still have plenty of time to enjoy the stunning hotel and spa. We have an exciting 3 days ahead of us, and I leave you with a few impressions of last night’s arrival in my room with a gorgeous view over the entire lake. I am off to breakfast, a spa treatment, followed by hair and make-up by Aveda, as well as some shootings. Happy Tuesday!
For the last post of our Christmas & NYE get-away I wanted to tell you guys about the hotel we stayed at in Mexico. As mentioned before, originally we wanted to go to Tulum, but when we started looking for hotels in September everything was already fully booked. So we decided on Playa del Carmen along the Riviera Maya, which is basically just an hour down the road from Tulum. My dream hotel was The Viceroy, which I spotted on Emily’s blog back in April, but they were also fully booked over NYE. Then we found the Blue Diamond Riviera Maya through SLH (small luxury hotels) and it was love at first sight. Even though it was a little more than we originally wanted to spend, we decided to go for it, because like I said – love at first sight and for the time in Canada we stayed with family, which helped our budget a bit :) However, looking back, I don’t think I would stay there again. Don’t get me wrong, it was a wonderful week but next time I’d rather spend the money somewhere else. Keep on reading for all the pros & cons below…